Melodie Daoust put Canada ahead on the fourth round of shots but Amanda Kessel pulled the US level, setting the stage for the dramatic finish. "It was a thrilling final, it was unreal", said the U.S. head coach Robb Stauber.
Rooney then denied Meghan Agosta to end her country's long wait to return to the top of the podium, with her jubilant team-mates throwing their helmets into the air in celebration and rushing to congratulate her. The Canadians managed to squeak out a 2-1 win, despite being outshot 45-23.
Monique Lamoureux would tie the game in the third period, and the contest would require overtime. "This team was very special". After the heartbreak of Sochi in 2014, to come back and win last night says a lot about the program and the returning players. The Americans also won the Four Nations in all three of those years, beating Canada in the finals in all of them. Two minutes into the second Haley Irwin tapped a Blayre Turnbull cross out of the air at full speed, and the game was tied. The goalies stood strong, however.
An elated Shuster pumped his fist in victory and the Americans whooped with joy. Three minutes into the third, Maddie Rooney made a few amazing saves, including a cross-crease, save.
Viewers were floored by the move. "This is just another step", Shuster said. Ever since Canda has won the gold medal.
Charles Hamelin snagged his fifth lifetime Olympic medal with a bronze in the short track speed skating 5000m relay.
U.S. Olympic women's hockey teammates Cammi Granato and Karyn Bye show off their gold medals during 1998 Olympic Games. We felt confident going in. They have finally got retribution.
While the 22 other members of the team stood shocked with tears in their eyes, Larocque held the medal in her hand throughout the medal ceremony. The U.S.'s victory ended Canada's winning streak of four consecutive Olympic gold medals. Canada's Jocelyne Larocque refused to wear her silver medal following the devastating loss.